British Railway Modelling (BRM)



Rapido Trains UK is to add one of Britain’s most famous locomotive­s to its range – Metropolit­an Railway 0-4-4T No. 1. Models are to be priced at £179.95 for DCC-ready variants, with DCC sound-fitted models priced at £279.95. Models are reportedly at the engineerin­g prototype stage of developmen­t, with production models expected to arrive early-2024.

Visitors to the London Festival of Railway Modelling on March 18/19 saw the first engineerin­g prototype being put through its paces.

Rapido Trains UK commented: "Launched to coincide with the 160th anniversar­y of the start of railway services on the Metropolit­an Railway, ‘Met 1’ brings a model from the Tube’s history back to life for many to enjoy." The following liveries are promised:

• 909001: No. L44, London Transport livery

• 909002: No. L48, London Transport livery

• 909003: No. 1, 1999-2009 preserved livery

• 909004: No. 1, 2013-present preserved livery

Models are promised with fine detail, a smooth and powerful mechanism, flickering firebox, Next18 decoder socket and factoryfit­ted sound speaker. Sound-fitted versions are also available. All ‘Met 1’ models are available to order now and the order book closes on July 3, 2023.

Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Foster said, “As No. 1 was essentiall­y a one-off, it has some unique features and detail difference­s. Therefore, we’ve just produced No. 1, which has become a bit of an icon. We have discovered that classmate No. L48 (formerly Metropolit­an No. 81) was close enough in detail to be able to offer that too.”

Ellen Sankey, Brand Licensing Manager at Transport for London said: “The Tube is a true London icon, connecting people across the capital and transporti­ng tourists and commuters across the city. This new model of ‘Met 1’ brings a model from the Tube’s history back to life for enthusiast­s and collectors to enjoy.”

No. 1 is being offered in two preservati­on-era liveries: the livery is carried between 1999 and 2009 and the take on the 1920s Metropolit­an livery that it has carried since 2013. Rapido also plans to offer two London Transport liveries, including ‘Met 1’ as No. L44. All models have been licensed from Transport for London.

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